Day 21 – Putrajaya to Singapore
No regrets, and we would totally do it all again…
All good things must come to an end. 22 days on the road and we have now come full circle. Reluctantly, we make our final leg back home to Singapore.
Over the past 3 weeks, our car has served us well, giving us a great ride through sun and rain, through smooth roads and pot-hole ridden country roads. We decide to give our beloved car a treat at the Melaka BHP Station. With a good wash, wax and polish, our car looks as good as new! The kids love the ride through the machine wash as well, which we don’t see in Singapore any more. For them, it is almost akin to a ride at the amusement park!
As we continue on our journey, we meet with some heavy traffic caused by some traffic accidents.
Dangers of the Road
Sometimes it is easy to take for granted the dangers that are ever-present on these road trips. In our years of driving, we have come across our fair share of incidents, especially when the roads are wet. Thankfully, we have never been in a crash of our own. Long may that continue.
In my younger days as a passenger on a road trip around Iceland, I had been involved in a crash which involved a 360 degree flip of our rented car. Thankfully, no one was hurt in that dramatic tumble, but we had to abandon our car and figure out how to get our way back around the island. That memory has stuck in my mind ever since and I always tell myself that I need to be extra watchful on the roads, especially with the safety of my loved ones in my hands.
This recent video from a subsequent road trip into Malaysia shows a truck crash that we came across along the North-South Expressway. It was left on its side, blocking up all but one of the lanes on the expressway with shattered glass spewed all over the road.
We reach the Causeway to face more congestion. Always get your kids to take a final pit stop at the restroom before approaching the Causeway. It’s tough being stuck in a jam like this with your kids telling you again and again how much they need to go to the toilet.
Final score: 4377 kilometres traveled, at an average speed of 67km/h, 21 days on the road, 1 driver, 3 kids in tow. We drove from Singapore to Bangkok and beyond, and we made it back safely in one piece. Extremely grateful…
It was one wild ride. So many sights, so many memories. After a drive like this, there are always so many conflicting thoughts in my mind. How did we do it? Would we do it again? Can we go even further the next time? No way! But what fun it was…
A total of 20 blog posts written in this series, and yet I can only give you readers a small taste of what the journey was like.
Sometimes it was really tough on the kids, being stuck in the car for long hours. It is not easy to keep everybody sane and entertained. We managed, we sang, we argued, we talked, we laughed… all part and parcel of being a family. Good or bad, we did things together.
Once all my thoughts and emotions have settled, I can only say: no regrets, and we would totally do it all again…
Where should we explore on our next epic Thailand drive? My heart says, “Target, Chiang Mai…”, but then my head says, “That’s a 5000km round trip, are you crazy?”
*NOTE: To read about my 2019 Singapore – Thailand Drive, click HERE!
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2018 Drive from Singapore to Thailand Blog Series:
- 2018 Drive from Singapore to Thailand
- Getting a Grip
- Taiping Tyrannosaurus
- A Completely New Border Crossing
- First time in Hatyai
- Cantering Towards Chumphon
- Passport Panic
- Breaking the Bangkok Barrier
- A Home Away From Home
- Kids Love Kidzania!
- Rayong Night Drive
- A Rayong Adventure
- Time to Head Home
- Driving in Heavy Rain
- Craft and Japanese
- Rock Climbing and Mini Golf
- Scenic Drive Through Phang Nga
- From Money Changer to Money Taker
- Putrajaya Paradise
- The Last Leg with my Concluding Thoughts
- Route Summary
- 2019 Thailand Fly & Drive (Bangkok, Khao Kho, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son Loop, Chiang Khan, Khon Kaen, Khao Yai, Pattaya)
- 2019 Cameron Highlands Brothers Drive
- 2018 Bali Drive
- 2017 Hungary Winter Drive
- 2017 Hokkaido Winter Drive
- 2019 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Krabi, Phuket)
- 2018 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Bangkok, Rayong)
- 2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Krabi, Phuket)
- 2016 Drive from Singapore to Thailand